The Ophthalmology Residency at Interfaith Medical Center is an AOA accredited program administered along with St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, New York which is the sponsoring hospital.
The goal of the program is to train Osteopathic Physicians to become proficient in diagnosing and treating patients with ophthalmic pathology, both medically and surgically. The osteopathic philosophy of patient care is stressed throughout the training years. The residency is 36 months in duration and will provide the resident with the didactic and clinical training required to become competent and compassionate ophthalmologists. Most residents enroll in Fellowships in various ophthalmic subspecialties upon completion of the program.
Prospective residents must be graduates of an AOA accredited School of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, they must have completed an AOA accredited internship. Prospective residents apply for the residency through ERAS during their senior year of medical school.
Residents will rotate through both St. John's Episcopal Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center and will attend to patients in the outpatient clinics, operating rooms, ER as well as inpatient care and consultation. There are also out of hospital rotations that the residents participate in. The residents will be expected to assume increasing responsibilities in ophthalmic care as they progress through the program.
The residents will be expected to complete the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Basic and Clinical Science Course. In addition, they are required to take the annual OKAP in-service exam in each year of training. Didactics will be given daily by the faculty. The residents also attend weekly Grand Rounds at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and in addition attend the weekly Greater New York Ophthalmology Clinical Lecture Series and the OKAP Board Review Course, both given in the evenings in Manhattan. There are required Osteopathic Practice and Principals symposia that the residents attend. Residents are required to participate in independent research projects during their training years. Finally, the residents are encouraged to attend many Ophthalmology symposia that are given in the New York metropolitan area.
The faculty of the program is dedicated to ensuring that the educational goals of the program are achieved. Upon successful completion of the residency, the physician will be qualified to take the Board Certification exam in Ophthalmology given by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology.
For any questions regarding the program call 718.869.7815
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